Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

A GOP showdown over the debt limit could grip Congress and the nation next year

By: - October 27, 2022

The GOP's potential refusal to adjust the debt limit could bring the nation to the verge of a damaging default, economic experts say.

More than 9 million voters already have cast their ballots in November elections

By: - October 25, 2022

Florida as well as Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania are among the top states in terms of early voting so far. 

Monkeypox cases are in sharp decline. Could the outbreak be over?

By: - October 19, 2022

Officials hope the decades-old virus that had its first major outbreak in the United States this year is nearly under control

FDA, CDC greenlight updated COVID-19 booster for kids 5 to 11

By: - October 12, 2022

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the booster approval is “a critical step in our fight against COVID-19.”

The battle for control of Congress: Abortion, inflation, crime and Biden

By: , and - October 7, 2022

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP has a "50-50 shot" of winning back the Senate.

Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization

By: , and - October 6, 2022

Biden's move is intended to address the country’s “failed approach to marijuana,” a senior administration official said Thursday

Women could claim the most governors’ seats in U.S. history in November

By: - October 5, 2022

Twenty-five women governor candidates were nominated by the two major political parties this election cycle, sharply up from 16 in 2018.

U.S. Senate approves stopgap spending bill with disaster relief, heating aid

By: - September 29, 2022

The package approved Thursday was formed around a short-term spending bill that must pass before Friday at midnight to keep the federal government open through Dec. 16.

Manchin seeks bipartisan ‘sweet spot’ for a new try at his energy permitting bill

By: - September 29, 2022

A group of Democrats said the plan would weaken environmental protections and make it harder for communities to object to new construction.

Stopgap spending bill advances in U.S. Senate after Manchin pulls his energy plan

By: - September 28, 2022

The bill would provide aid to Ukraine, help communities recover from natural disasters and fund the federal government through mid-December.

U.S. House GOP outlines agenda in bid for control in the midterms

By: - September 23, 2022

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said the GOP’s first order of business if they regain control of the House would be to repeal a law that boosted IRS funding.

Manchin’s energy permitting plan roils U.S. Senate and House Democrats

By: and - September 22, 2022

Federal agencies would face new deadlines for reviews of energy projects such as pipelines under legislation proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin.